CORNING, Erastus, (grandfather of Parker Corning),
a Representative from New York; born in Norwich, Conn., December 14, 1794;
moved to Troy, N.Y., and thence, in 1814, to Albany, where he established himself in iron
manufacturing; served in the State senate 1842-1845; alderman of Albany; mayor 1834-1837;
elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful
candidate for reelection to the Thirty-sixth Congress; member of the peace conference of 1861;
elected to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1861, to
October 5, 1863, when he resigned; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867; died in
Albany, N.Y., April 9, 1872; interment in Rural Cemetery.
BibliographyNeu, Irene Dorothy. Erastus Corning,
Merchant and Financier, 1794-1872. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1960. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977.